At the Angel Foundation's seventh annual Star Awards, cancer survivors took center stage at the Minneapolis Hilton. The foundation provides emergency financial assistance for day-to-day needs and its Facing Cancer Together support group helps families, with programs geared to kids ages 5 to 18.

"We serve the individual at the level of their needs and they feel such a sense of community," said president and founder Margie Sborov. Her husband, Dr. Mark Sborov, added, "This is successful for the right reason -- it's to aid cancer patients who are struggling."

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Spray-paint fumes wafted through the W Foshay last week. No, not more construction, but a demonstration by world-famous street artist Chase Erachi. The man with the can was in town for "The Art of Chase" event, which benefited Art Buddies and Minnesota AIGA.

He spent the day creating a mural with kids at the Whittier International Elementary School in Minneapolis. "It was like eating mango ice cream when you're really in the mood," he said.

While he's based in Los Angeles, the Belgian native wasn't fazed by the below-zero temperatures and snow he encountered in Minnesota (note his hat). "It makes me feel really alive," he said.

He completed the live painting performance and mingled with fans, spraying one of his inspirational stencils, such as "know self" and "we are all one" on anything and everything put in front of him -- T-shirts, a map of Brussels and a leather jacket.